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Opposing Senate candidates U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, had little new to provide those Arkansas voters who may yet be undecided on a race that some national pundits say could be critical to which party controls the U.S. Senate.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:27pm

Real estate markets are often linked to economic performance but a report from Irvine, Calif.,-based RealtyTrac suggests that housing market turnarounds also favor incumbents in most of the eight hotly contested Senate races across the country.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:44pm

A lawsuit expected to be filed earlier this month by the Department of Justice against the city of Fort Smith over Clean Water Act violations has not yet been filed thanks to an effort by Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to resolve the issue outside the court.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 3:09pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe made the following appointments or reappointments to state boards and commissions.

Dr. David Beasley, Jonesboro, to the State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors. Appointment expires July 1, 2016. Replaces Sherman Smith.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 1:34pm

In a departure from the often times toxic nature of political races in the 21st century, the two candidates vying for an open at-large seat on the Fort Smith Board of Directors engaged in a civil discussion of issues facing the municipality in a candidate forum held at noon Monday (Oct.

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 8:33pm

After a year-and-a-half of attack ads and press releases, Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Rep.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 3:33pm

Little Rock-based electricity transmission coordinator Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has released a reliability impact assessment of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:26pm

U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, brought his campaign for the U.S. Senate to Fort Smith Thursday (Oct. 9), bringing a familiar Arkansas native with him in an attempt to drum up support with less than a month away from the general election Nov. 4 and polls continuing to show a tight race.

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 7:28pm

After a day of testimony from city directors and Fort Smith City Clerk Sherri Gard, the city of Fort Smith was dismissed by Circuit Court Judge James Cox from a lawsuit Wednesday (Oct.

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 8:31pm

On day one as governor, Mike Ross would have state agencies review regulations that are more than three years old to see if they are still needed or if they were ever needed. Asa Hutchinson would contact half a dozen companies to see if they would consider coming to Arkansas.

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 9:35pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors approved a resolution during its regularly scheduled Tuesday (Oct. 7) meeting that expresses a desire to restart negotiations with the United States Department of Justice regarding compliance with the federal Clean Water Act.

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 8:15pm

The city of Fort Smith is facing a coming insolvency of its police and fire retirement contribution fund as early as 2019, but there are no plans to address the continually declining fund balance in this year's budget cycle as the city looks to possible solutions in future years, which could invo

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 7:25pm

Same sex couples are now able to receive marriage licenses in most counties across the state of Oklahoma following the United States Supreme Court's decision Monday (Oct.

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 6:59pm

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Penn., journeyed to Northwest Arkansas and the Fort Smith regions on Monday (Oct. 6) to have a first hand look at infrastructure needs in Arkansas' third Congressional district.

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 8:40pm

County judges and sheriffs are pushing for a special session to deal with jail reimbursements for state inmates, but Gov. Mike Beebe and at least one key state lawmaker are unconvinced a special session will fix the problem.

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 7:22pm

Pensions for police officers and firefighters in Fort Smith are costing the city of Fort Smith large sums of money each year. And the city fund responsible for paying into the system is projected to go broke sometime in 2019.

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 5:21pm

Democratic candidate for governor Mike Ross recently unveiled a “Fair Pay & Equal Opportunity Plan” he said is meant to correct disparities in pay between men and women.

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 8:08pm

According to Gov. Mike Beebe’s office and the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, the state of Arkansas has paid off its federal debt for funds borrowed to prop up the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 6:53pm

Negotiations with between the city of Fort Smith, the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Justice have broken down, with the city expecting a lawsuit to be filed by the DOJ by the end of business Friday (Oct.

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 6:33pm

The 2015 budgeting process for the city of Fort Smith is in full swing, with departments making requests for items large and small. Among the budgeting tasks for the city is determining awards of funding for non-profits doing work in Fort Smith.

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:05pm

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